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I knew I should have taken that Paris trip! The Notre Dame Cathedral has pretty much burned down. :hotnews:


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Very sad indeed. It was undergoing renovation and of course they suspect something went wrong with the construction. Hopefully they can save some of the artwork in the building, but the building itself was a true work of art.

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It will be repaired. I saw that on the news and my first thought about the damage it sustained in WWII.


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i_ski_do_u wrote:
It will be repaired. I saw that on the news and my first thought about the damage it sustained in WWII.


It was not damaged during WWII

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles ... -cathedral

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It is a most grievous loss.

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Early in WWII, artists set out to make drawings of important structures in case they were bombed/destroyed. We have one such original signed and dated by the artist. While we have always loved the drawing, it has just become so much more precious to us.

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Construction on it started in 1163. It took decades to build. Terrible news

$450 million has already been pledged to rebuild.

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Actually it took centuries to build.


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Oh, wow!

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It was finished in 1345, so nearly 200 years to build. Read Ken Follet's Pillars of the Earth for a great story on how ancient cathedrals were designed and built.

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Reuters newswire in Paris reports that most of structure is still good. Worst damage was the roof which caved in just east of the altar area, so roof at this spot is totally gone and open to sky. Structure walls still supported by flying buttresses and stone piers as originally designed. Organ with 8,000 pipes sustained minor, fixable damage. Western rose window is damaged but probably fixable, other stained glass windows melted or blown out. Lots of soot. Bell tower OK. Altar area with pieta and other sculptures OK. That roof was made of 13,000 oak trees, that's what all the yellow smoke was. The roof and spire were made of wood and lead--OMG, what about bad pollution all over the city??


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